Monday, October 29, 2007

Netflix humans in Oregon

I wanted an excuse to call the new Netflix help center in Oregon, so when I discovered a problem with my rental on Saturday night, I dialed them right up. I got a human being on the phone in under a minute and he was nice. He didn't have to, but he gave me a "courtesy rental" to make up for the problem.

O Lucky Man! is a new release, and a three-hour-long movie. Imagine my disappointment when I got to the end and it said "continued on disc 2" and I had received only one disc. Nothing on the Netflix site indicated that the film would be on two discs. The second disk was described as "bonus materials", which I didn't rent. I submitted a movie correction through the Netflix site, and I queued the bonus materials, so I didn't really need to call the Help Desk. Still, it was nice to have a to human hear my frustration and feel sorry for me. :)

Monday, October 08, 2007

Netflix sponsors top docs list

The International Documentary Association presents its list of the top 25 documentaries chosen by their members, and sponsored by Netflix. According to IndieWire,
"Online movie rental service Netflix is on board as the presenting sponsor of the program, facilitating sceeners of the films for voters and also making them available to subscribers of their service. The company indicated that the majority of the 700 films on the original ballot are available on their service, with the exception of #19, Frederick Wiseman's "Titicut Follies," which has never been released commercially and is only available for educational purposes."

I've seen all but nine of them. Too much Michael Moore, if you ask me. He's not a documentarian; he's a propagandist. However, I shouldn't be surprised. The documentary genre has always been dominated by the Left. By definition, conservatives seek to preserve the status quo, or even reverse so-called "progress." The Left seeks to disrupt the status quo. Provoking change is the motivation behind most documentaries. Hence, the correlation.